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​“It is an honor to be a part of growing families and treat diseases so that women can live their lives to the fullest potential.”

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Dr. Barbara Coulter-Smith has always enjoyed science and the human body. She said human bodies are amazing self-healing machines, but sometimes, they need our help. This is why she became an obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) physician.

“I love OB/GYN because it is a great mix of medicine and surgery,” Dr. Coulter-Smith said. “Women’s health care has been my major interest since medical school. I believe in preventive care and health maintenance, and I want to help women live a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Dr. Coulter-Smith cares for the full realm of general OB/GYN, including low- and high-risk pregnancies, pediatric and adolescent gynecology, and menopause and hormone therapy. She also diagnoses and treats pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, abnormal PAP smears and any other gynecologic ailment. Additionally, she performs minimally invasive surgery, both laparoscopic and robotic.

“The most important element of patient care is the physician/patient relationship,” Dr. Coulter-Smith said. “Without that, we cannot learn from our patients to make a diagnosis and treatment plan, and they don’t develop the rapport or trust with us to follow through with the treatment plan.”

Dr. Coulter-Smith completed her OB/GYN residency at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She also completed her medical degree and doctorate through the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dr. Coulter-Smith grew up in Iowa, but has been vacationing in the Minocqua area for more than 20 years. In her free time, she enjoys water sports, biking, reading, travel and spending time with family and friends. She has been married for over 30 years and has two children, a daughter and a son.

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Professional Summary down arrow

  • Medical School
    Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine Des Moines, IA, United States, D.O. 1989

    Internship
    Des Moines General Hospital Des Moines, IA, United States, Internal Medicine 1990

    Residency
    University of Kansas - School of Medicine Kansas City, KS, United States, Obstetrics & Gynecology 1994

  • Professional Societies
    American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

    Board Certifications
    Obstetrics & Gynecology: 1996

    State Licenses
    Wisconsin

Patient Ratings down arrow

4.6
out of 5 (58 ratings, 13 comments)
4.6
Provider explanations of my problem
4.6
Provider concern for my questions
4.7
Provider's efforts to include me in treatment decisions
4.6
Provider's discussion of proposed treatment
4.6
My likelihood of recommending this provider

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Comments are also gathered from the Press Ganey patient satisfaction survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing.
Comments are from Press Ganey surveys. Slander, libel and private health information are removed.
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December 2, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith is everything a good doctor should be; warm, caring, empathetic, and patient. Have already recommended her to others.
December 3, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith was kind, gentle and listened to all of my concerns.
December 4, 2020
She was very good at explaining everything & showed concern.
January 5, 2021
Dr. Coulter Smith is an outstanding dr.! I would recommend her to anyone! She is truly an asset to the clinic!
February 8, 2021
I was very pleased with Dr. Coulter-Smith. Can highly recommend her!!
February 12, 2021
Dr. Coulter-Smith was fantastic. I've struggled to find answers to my questions. I cannot thank her enough for her thorough & empathetic approach to my concerns.
February 23, 2021
Dr. Barbara Coulter-Smith is a very compassionate provider and puts her patients at ease. I definitely would recommend her.
April 23, 2021
I always feel like I am in good hands w/Dr. Coulter-Smith and the OB staff.
July 19, 2021
Dr. Coulter-Smith made me feel so welcomed & well cared for.
August 2, 2021
She remembered my issues and concerns from the last visit.
August 9, 2021
I really appreciate the concern. Dr. took with my questions and exercise recommendations she gave me.
August 18, 2021
Dr. C-S was kind & informative. Perhaps to informative. She explained the procedure & all the possible negatives that I could have. So much so I got light-headed from the scary explanations. I wish...view full comment
July 19, 2021
No rating given
Minimal communication prior to performing procedure limited inquiry to previous or current health status, concerns, or future plans. No communication of results of procedure performed.
July 19, 2021
No rating given
Minimal communication prior to performing procedure limited inquiry to previous or current health status, concerns, or future plans. No communication of results of procedure performed.
August 18, 2021
Dr. C-S was kind & informative. Perhaps to informative. She explained the procedure & all the possible negatives that I could have. So much so I got light-headed from the scary explanations. I wish...view full comment
December 2, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith is everything a good doctor should be; warm, caring, empathetic, and patient. Have already recommended her to others.
December 3, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith was kind, gentle and listened to all of my concerns.
December 4, 2020
She was very good at explaining everything & showed concern.
January 5, 2021
Dr. Coulter Smith is an outstanding dr.! I would recommend her to anyone! She is truly an asset to the clinic!
February 8, 2021
I was very pleased with Dr. Coulter-Smith. Can highly recommend her!!
February 12, 2021
Dr. Coulter-Smith was fantastic. I've struggled to find answers to my questions. I cannot thank her enough for her thorough & empathetic approach to my concerns.
February 23, 2021
Dr. Barbara Coulter-Smith is a very compassionate provider and puts her patients at ease. I definitely would recommend her.
April 23, 2021
I always feel like I am in good hands w/Dr. Coulter-Smith and the OB staff.
July 19, 2021
Dr. Coulter-Smith made me feel so welcomed & well cared for.
August 2, 2021
She remembered my issues and concerns from the last visit.
August 9, 2021
I really appreciate the concern. Dr. took with my questions and exercise recommendations she gave me.
December 2, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith is everything a good doctor should be; warm, caring, empathetic, and patient. Have already recommended her to others.
December 3, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith was kind, gentle and listened to all of my concerns.
December 4, 2020
She was very good at explaining everything & showed concern.
January 5, 2021
Dr. Coulter Smith is an outstanding dr.! I would recommend her to anyone! She is truly an asset to the clinic!
February 8, 2021
I was very pleased with Dr. Coulter-Smith. Can highly recommend her!!
February 12, 2021
Dr. Coulter-Smith was fantastic. I've struggled to find answers to my questions. I cannot thank her enough for her thorough & empathetic approach to my concerns.
February 23, 2021
Dr. Barbara Coulter-Smith is a very compassionate provider and puts her patients at ease. I definitely would recommend her.
April 23, 2021
I always feel like I am in good hands w/Dr. Coulter-Smith and the OB staff.
July 19, 2021
Dr. Coulter-Smith made me feel so welcomed & well cared for.
July 19, 2021
No rating given
Minimal communication prior to performing procedure limited inquiry to previous or current health status, concerns, or future plans. No communication of results of procedure performed.
August 2, 2021
She remembered my issues and concerns from the last visit.
August 9, 2021
I really appreciate the concern. Dr. took with my questions and exercise recommendations she gave me.
August 18, 2021
Dr. C-S was kind & informative. Perhaps to informative. She explained the procedure & all the possible negatives that I could have. So much so I got light-headed from the scary explanations. I wish...view full comment
August 18, 2021
Dr. C-S was kind & informative. Perhaps to informative. She explained the procedure & all the possible negatives that I could have. So much so I got light-headed from the scary explanations. I wish...view full comment
August 9, 2021
I really appreciate the concern. Dr. took with my questions and exercise recommendations she gave me.
August 2, 2021
She remembered my issues and concerns from the last visit.
July 19, 2021
No rating given
Minimal communication prior to performing procedure limited inquiry to previous or current health status, concerns, or future plans. No communication of results of procedure performed.
July 19, 2021
Dr. Coulter-Smith made me feel so welcomed & well cared for.
April 23, 2021
I always feel like I am in good hands w/Dr. Coulter-Smith and the OB staff.
February 23, 2021
Dr. Barbara Coulter-Smith is a very compassionate provider and puts her patients at ease. I definitely would recommend her.
February 12, 2021
Dr. Coulter-Smith was fantastic. I've struggled to find answers to my questions. I cannot thank her enough for her thorough & empathetic approach to my concerns.
February 8, 2021
I was very pleased with Dr. Coulter-Smith. Can highly recommend her!!
January 5, 2021
Dr. Coulter Smith is an outstanding dr.! I would recommend her to anyone! She is truly an asset to the clinic!
December 4, 2020
She was very good at explaining everything & showed concern.
December 3, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith was kind, gentle and listened to all of my concerns.
December 2, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith is everything a good doctor should be; warm, caring, empathetic, and patient. Have already recommended her to others.

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